9 Techie College Courses You Should Take Advantage Of
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Are you in college studying liberal arts? Or math? Or basket weaving? Doesn’t matter: having tech skills can benefit you. Just because you’re in a non-tech major doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of some techie college courses that can help you out big-time down the road.
Here are nine college courses you should consider taking advantage of.
1. Introduction to Programming
Most universities offer an introductory-level computer programming course. Depending on the university and instructor, you’ll cover the fundamentals of programming logic, touching upon problem solving, algorithmic design, data structures, and more.
Even if you don’t want to become a full-blown programmer, knowing how computers work and how to write basic computer programs can help big-time in the job market.
According to research at LinkedIn, computing, mobile development, web architecture and development frameworks, algorithmic design, and other programming-related skills are some of most in-demand skills in 2016. Knowing even a little can go a long way in your job hunt.
2. Technology and Human Values
Many universities offer courses that look at technology’s impact on humans and society. Like Lehigh University’s Technology and Human Values course, or University of Miami’s Social and Ethical Issues in Computing course.
Taking a course like this will help you understand humans’ relationship to technology, the responsibilities it entails, and how to navigate issues of privacy, liberty, and security in a world where everything we do is on the web forever.
If you’re a liberal arts major, this is already in your wheelhouse: a more philosophical/analytical way of studying technology.
3. Introduction to Digital Media
This course could also be called “Introduction to Electronic Media” or “Introduction to Digital Design.”
Usually, these kinds of courses teach you how to create computer-generated media using tools in the Adobe Suite, like Photoshop and InDesign. They also cover topics like typography, color theory, illustration, layout, and other fundamental principles of digital design/media.
Knowing how to use industry tools in the Adobe Suite comes in handy in a range of careers, from marketing to content creation (and of course design itself). Also, understanding the principles of design can help in ways outside the workplace—like designing your BFF’s birthday party invitation or your wedding save-the-dates.
4. Introduction to Web Design
Web design differs from digital media in that it’s less about creating images/graphics/layouts, and more about front-end coding that goes into creating a web page. You’ll learn HTML, sometimes CSS, and theories of making websites aesthetically appealing.
Even if you don’t design websites, there are plenty of scenarios where you might need or want to use HTML, CSS, and web design principles. These skills can carry over into careers in marketing, business, and entrepreneurship. Plus, adding HTML and CSS to your resume is a total booster!
5. Introduction to Video Recording and Editing
In this class, you’ll learn the basics of how to create videos, including choosing equipment, recording, editing, and using the software that makes it possible.
Even if you’re not an aspiring filmographer, there are plenty of reasons to pursue basic film skills. Video is a form of communication, like writing, and it’s a tool many companies take advantage of today. It is used on social media, to advertise on company websites, as part of documentation to explain concepts, etc.
Plus, adding video software to your LinkedIn or resume will help you stand out from other candidates.
June 09, 2016